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planting a future with hope

Planting a Future with Hope

7/7/2019 – 8/4/2019

What does it mean as an individual, as a congregation, and as a denomination to be actively
planting for the future? We will look at this question through the lens of a gardener; so grab
your best tools of the trade and come ready to get your hands dirty as we work our way through
the cycle of life, harvest, death, and new sprouts in our garden of hope.

July 7 – Releasing & Remembering – Philippians 1:3-11                    
July 14 – Nurturing the Crop & Sustainability – James 3:10-13 & Jeremiah 29:11-15            
July 21 – Bearing Fruit – Ephesians 4:1-8 &11-16                     
July 28 – More Than Just Seeds, Planting Hope – 2 Corinthians 9:6-12               
August 4 – Pruning for the Future – John 15:1-8

growing through change

Growing Through Change

5/19/2019 – 6/16/2019

As we approach this pastoral transition, we will look at how we go and grow through change, making transitions healthy and productive.

May 19 – Change Happens – Ecclesiastes 3:1-13, Joshua 1:1-8
May 26 – Navigating Change – Isaiah 43:1-2, 4a, 18-21
June 2 – Some Things Never Change – Ephesians 2:19-22, Matthew 28:19-20
June 9 – Empowering Change – Acts 2:1-21, John 14:25-27
June 16 – Every Ending is a New Beginning – 1 Thessalonians 1:2-6, 5:12-24

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Resurrection Hope

Resurrection Hope

Life and love always win! The power of Easter is hope. We are met at the gates of death with a freshness and fullness of life. Peering into the empty tomb forever changes us. Limitless hope and astonishing love embrace us. Easter reaches into the ordinary lives of you and me. We are called to be hope for a hurting world. 

April 21 – Resurrection Hope – John 20:1-18
April 28 Know Doubt– John 20:19-31
May 5 Feed My Sheep – John 21:1-19

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cultivating & letting go

Cultivating & Letting Go

Ash Wednesday 3/6/2019 – Good Friday 4/19/2019

Cultivate (verb): to prepare and use for the raising of crops; to foster the growth of; to improve by labor, care, or study; to refine; to further; to encourage.

Let go (verb): relinquish one’s grip on someone or something
.

Lent is a season of spiritual gardening, of inviting God to unearth in us what lies fallow, what needs to be tended, and what needs to die for new life to emerge. This Lent, we’re embracing the literal and spiritual practices of cultivating and letting go.

The poetry, art and inspiration for this series comes from A Sanctified Art LLC. Used with permission.

Wed March 6 (Ash Wednesday at Noon & 7 p.m.) – Cultivating Interdependence & Letting Go of Isolation – Isaiah 58:1-12, Psalm 51:1-17 

Sun March 10 – Cultivating Rest & Letting Go of Exhaustion – Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Luke 4:1-13
Sun March 17 – Cultivating Feelings & Letting Go of Denial – Psalm 27, Luke 13:31-35
Sun March 24 – Cultivating Healing & Letting Go of Haste – Isaiah 55:1-9, Luke 13:1-9
Sun March 31 – Cultivating Grace & Letting Go of Judgment – 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3,11b-32
Sun April 7 – Cultivating Compassion & Letting Go of Discomfort – Isaiah 43:16-21, John 12:1-8
Sun April 14 (Palm Sunday) – Cultivating Acceptance & Letting Go of Comprehension – Luke 19:28-40, Luke 22: 39-46

Fri April 19 (Good Friday at 7 p.m.) – Cultivating Resilience & Letting Go of Betrayal – Psalm 22, John 18:1-19:42

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fear

Fear Less

1/6/2019 – 2/17/2019

We all experience a measure of anxiety, worry or fear in our lives. We may fear heights, or spiders or speaking in public. We worry about our children, careers, money or health. Sometimes we fear those who are different; we fear the future, rejection, aging or our own mortality. Among the most frequently repeated statements in all of scriptures is, “Do not be afraid.” But how do we overcome worry, anxiety and fear? How can we live unafraid, fearless? In our sermon series fear<less, we will explore how our fears and anxieties can imprison or paralyze us, and instead, how to live a life that is not controlled by fear. With insight and comfort from the Christian faith and spiritual practices, we will search together for inner peace and strength. Based on the book Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times by Adam Hamilton.

January 6 – Paralyzed by Fear – Numbers 13:1-2, 13:17-14:10
January 13 – Fear of the Other – Genesis 4:1-9
January 20 – Fear of Rejection – Mark 2:1-12
January 27 – Fear of Illness – Matthew 6:26-34
February 10 – Fear of a Bleak Future – John 5:1-9
February 17 – Fear of the Lord – Matthew 8:23-27

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stand-alone sermons 2019

Stand-Alone Sermons 2019

Here you will find the sermons that were preached in 2019 to stand on their own, rather than in a series.

February 3 – We Won’t Back Down – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
February 24 – Love is Hard – Luke 6:27-38
March 3 – The Long View – Luke 9:28-43
May 12 – An Array of Pasture – Psalm 23
June 23 – With Jesus in the Boat – Matthew 8:23-37
June 30 – Your One Wild & Precious Life – Deuteronomy 30:15-20, John 15:5-14

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anticipation - advent & christmas with luke 1 & 2

Anticipation

11/25/2018 – 12/30/2018

In this Advent and Christmas season, we will explore the events leading to the birth of Christ, as told by the gospel writer Luke. We will journey with Elizabeth, Zechariah, Mary and Joseph in their time of anticipation and waiting; and as we do so, we will encounter angels and hear the words of poetic songs that burst forth. As we anticipate God made flesh in Jesus, our waiting is mingled with the gift of time and space to dream new dreams and experience the light of hope, love, joy and peace.

November 25 – Waiting in the Silence – Luke 1:1-25
December 2– Holy Disruptions – Luke 1:26-38 (Candle of Hope)
December 9 – Journeying Together – Luke 1:39-45,56 (Candle of Love)
December 16 – Overpowering Emotions – Luke 1:46-55 (Candle of Joy)
December 23 – Great Expectations – Luke 1:57-80 (Candle of Peace)
December 24 (Christmas Eve) – Rise Up & Follow – Luke 2:1-20
December 30 – Now is the Moment – Luke 2:21-52

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the way of gratefulness

The Way of Gratefulness

10/14/2018 – 11/18/2018

If gratitude is so good, why is it so hard to do? This sermon series is based on the Diana Butler Bass’ latest book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks. In the prologue she writes, “This book is an invitation to become aware of gratitude in new ways, with the hope that if we see more clearly what is at stake, we might together nurture, encourage, and practice the sort of gratefulness that can change our hearts and communities.” Join us as we eagerly seek to experience the journey to a more grateful life.

October 14 – Everything is a Gift – Psalm 136, James 1:17
October 21 – Saying Thank You – Psalm 95:1-2, Luke 17:11-19
November 4 – Ripples of Joy – Mark 14:22-25, Acts 2:43-47
November 11 – Blessing Everyone – Matthew 5:1-12
November 18 – Making All Things New – Luke 19:1-10, Colossians 2:6-7

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extravagant generosity - the heart of giving

Extravagant Generosity: The Heart of Giving

9/16/2018 – 10/7/2018

Giving helps us to become what God wants us to be. Giving is not merely about the church’s and other organizations need for money but about the Christian’s need to grow in generosity. Generosity is a fruit of the spirit, a sign of our spiritual growth. God uses our giving to change the world for God’s purposes, and God uses our giving to reconfigure our interior lives and to change us.

September 16 – EKG – 1 Timothy 6:17-19
September 23 – The Art of Love – Deuteronomy 6:3-6, John 13:34-35
September 30 – Bucket Lists – Joel 2:28, Matthew 6:33, Colossians 3:1
October 7 – Declarations of Your Heart – John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 8:2

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King David - A Mirror for the World

King David: A Mirror for the World

7/1/2018 – 9/2/2018

In this series, we will study the life of King David as told in 1 and 2 Samuel. David was legendary as a shepherd, giant slayer, warrior chieftain, outlaw, mercenary, lover, poet, musician, political leader and king. His story is one of rags to riches; yet he is dreaded by his enemies for his brutality, hated by his father-in-law, betrayed by his wife, and his son led a revolution against him. His affair with a married woman led to the murder of her husband. David was a complex man, controversial and conflicted, and yet we know him as ‘a man after God’s own heart.’ King David is a mirror for the world, a reflection of every human heart. David’s story is our story, a tangled story of sin and redemption.

Jul 1 – Chosen & Anointed – 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Jul 8 – Unlikely Hero – 1 Samuel 17:1-49
Jul 29 – Loyalty & Lament – 1 Samuel 18:1-11
Aug 5 – Governing & Setbacks – 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 6:1-5
Aug 12 – Flawed & Convicted – 2 Samuel 11:1-17,26-27
Aug 19 – Admission & Repentance – 2 Samuel 11:27b-12:13
Aug 26 – Victim & Perpetrator – 2 Samuel 18:5-9,15,31-33
Sep 2 – Music & Legacy – 1 Kings 2:1-12

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